Skip navigation
Stay Connected
 E-Mailing lists
 Facebook
Newsletters
 RSS
 WaterfordConnect
Legal Notices/Postings
Public Meetings
Latest News
ArtDonation

Power Outage July 28, 2014

Park It Family Fun Night

Free Boat Wash - Thursday, July 17th 2-6pm

Ron Arnold Named Outstanding Employee


More news
Event Calendar
10/1/2014
Police & Fire Civil Service Meeting

10/4/2014
Recycling at Town Hall

10/4/2014
Fire Department Open House

10/4/2014
Harvest Happening

10/13/2014
Closed - Columbus Day


More Events
Discover Waterford
You have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.


Learn more about Waterford...
Departments > 51st District Court > Criminal

51st District Court

Criminal

All criminal cases prosecuted within the Township of Waterford are started at the 51st District Court.  The Court processes misdemeanor and high misdemeanor cases from arraignment through sentencing and felony cases (more serious crimes) from arraignment through preliminary exam.

Criminal cases involve serious offenses that carry possible penalties of fines, costs and/or jail time.  Common misdemeanor cases processed by the Criminal Department include: Drunk Driving, Driving While License Suspended, Retail Fraud, Domestic Violence and Assault and Battery. 

Key Terms & Information

Arraignment:  Defendant is advised of rights, advised of charge, advised of possible penalties, bond is set and a plea may be entered.  The 51st District Court allows for walk-in arraignments Monday-Friday 9:00AM to 11:30AM and in the afternoon 1:30PM to 4:00PM. 

Pre-Trial: An exchange of information between the defense and prosecution.  The defendant may choose to enter a plea at this time or proceed to trial.

Preliminary Exam:  In felony cases, the defendant is entitled to a preliminary examination within 14 days of arraignment.  The purpose of the preliminary exam is for the Judge to determine if there is probable cause that a crime was committed and that the defendant committed the crime.  If probable cause is established, the Judge will then bind the case over to the Oakland County Circuit Court for trial proceedings.

Sentencing:  For misdemeanor cases, at sentencing, a penalty is applied by the Judge for defendants who have been convicted of or plead guilty to a crime.  Possible sentences may include fines, costs, community service, substance abuse treatment, probation and jail time.

Payment: Full payments on criminal and probation fines and costs can be paid online using a major credit card, debit or pre-paid debit card.